17th century Dutch religious print Crispijn van de Passe

$180.00 CAD

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Image of St. Jerome the Hermit, @1630.

Text at bottom (as best I can decode):

Me pascit lux alma cibo, nox alma sopore, res has, res illas mente, manune gero
illa tribunalis me summi buccina terret, omnia que tumulo funera mersa ciet
Me the light of life with food, feeds, kindly night sleep, a thing has, the things of the mind, or inglorious, bear,
That tribunal chief trumpet scares me, everything that stirs the mound deaths sinking


At bottom: Crisp. De Pas Inv. Excud.

LL corner re-enforced on back. Nibbling of paper round edges. Vertical wrinkling centre. Some yellowing along top. Some small spots of thinning of paper in image.

17.25 x 23.5 cm


Crispijn van de Passe the Elder, or de Passe (c.1564, Arnemuiden - buried 6 March 1637, Utrecht) was a Dutch publisher and engraver and founder of a dynasty of engravers comparable to the Wierix family and the Sadelers, though mostly at a more mundane commercial level. Most of their engravings were portraits, book title-pages, and the like, with relatively few grander narrative subjects. As with the other dynasties, their style is very similar, and hard to tell apart in the absence of a signature or date, or evidence of location. Many of the family could produce their own designs, and have left drawings.

Crispijn II (ca. 1597-1670) worked in Paris, at least from 1617 to 1627, in Utrecht (1630–1639), and from then until his death in Amsterdam.